I’ve been learning English since my childhood and I’ve always wanted to go on a trip and you know what? Dreams come true! I came across with linguatrip accidentally, watching video on youtube, and immediately realized that it is what I need. Booking is very convenient, just choose the course, make one click and you are almost in London. Visa Manager was very helpful, despite the fact that there was a small mistake (when we arrived at the visa center it turned out that we were not registered on the site, so we called the Manager and everything was quickly corrected, so that the work was at the level!) Then we worked with the Manager, whose name is Eugene. She patiently answered all the questions at any time of the day or night. So thank you!
I don't know whether it's useful information or not, but the flight was successful! For me as a 16 years old teenager, it was quite scary to fly alone to another country, so I think it is important to clarify that the flight went well. So if you are a teenager as well, don’t worry about the flight. Everything will be all right!
The information about the host family. I booked a superior comfort family and it was worth it, as the price was a bit higher, but you would save a lot more on transport, and your relatives would be calmer as the school is located within walking distance (but if you are lazy, you can always take the bus;). I arrived late in the evening, I was greeted at the airport by the representatives of the school and they drove me home. There I met the hostess, she showed me everything in the house. I lived at Ms Patience Boafo, a very friendly woman, on the first day we went with her to the school and she showed me the way, everything was clear. The Room was clean, quite good, bed, bed linen, hanger, desk and dresser. There was no towel firstly, but I asked for it and they gave it to me without any problems. It depends on the host, but they changed the towel once a week and bed linen once in 2 weeks. I also booked breakfast and dinner. For Breakfast I could make cereal or toast with tea. During the day, I could also have a snack such as crackers, dinner was great too. I'm not choosy, but I warn you, that the most popular dish in the UK is the Spicy curry sauce, and my host added it to almost all the dishes, so it's a little bit spicy. To be honest, we did not communicate too much, because she was constantly working on the computer, but in general she was a very kind woman.
And finally some words about the school. The staff was very friendly, funny and helpful. The atmosphere was just unreal and I didn’t want to leave school after classes. On the first day in the morning I passed the exam, talked with the teacher and after we had a tour in Greenwich. They gave some information about the park, about the metro station, and about the places where we could eat. Then I immediately went to the classes. The teachers were very cheerful, laughed a lot at the lessons, that’s why it was interesting to be in the class. Sometimes the topic itself was boring, but due to our teacher we didn’t get bored at all! So the teachers were amazing! Firstly we had conversational lesson, then grammar lesson. Then the story is divided into 2 parts. Firstly, I was assigned to the B2 level group, although at the language school in Russia I study at the C1 level. I immediately felt that this is too easy for me, but I don't know why I decided to wait a week (because they were running out of semester, and in the new one they had to start a new textbook and I thought that something would change due to this fact). Classes in this group were interesting, Tommy was our teacher of conversational lessons (he was very cheerful and friendly teacher but in general he teaches the group IELTS, so if you choose this course, then you have a great teacher!). We also had grammar lessons with Sophie, she was quite strange and she was French and I think she did not like me, but it’s ok. Then the second week has begun: teachers have changed and we began to study with new books. I came home and looking through the book I realized that I knew everything. And then I decided to change the group. I talked with Jim (he was like a head teacher), he told me that due to my test results my level was B2(grammar), but conversational level was ""very-very high"", that I could go to the group C1 from the very beginning, So I transferred after 1.5 weeks from group B2 to C1 group. Out teacher Nick was very active. We did everything so fast in out classes, it motivated me a lot. We had fun, communicated a lot, but also did some grammar exercises. Even though I was a little bit sad at the beginning as I spent 1,5 week not in the right group, but this experience prepared me to C1 group with its fast rhythm. I’m very happy. (You can see the photo with my C1 group) My level of English didn’t change a lot as it was already pretty high. And there was no group higher than C1. There were a lot of Russians at the school. But in my group there were 15 people and 12 nationalities. (so amazing, I learned so much about different countries and their culture) All in all I liked my group so badly. We didn’t become friends forever, but the atmosphere was friendly. Also we had plenty variety of entertainment, but I preferred so spend my time alone. I went to London and visited all the main attractions. I liked the lifestyle of the people. As for me the city was stunning, businesslike and peaceful at the same time. I was happy that I had my classes in the morning, so the whole day was free to explore new places and have some fun. Once I went to Brighton. The ticket wasn’t expensive by the way. I visited some beautiful places, walked on the pier.
To sum up everything I can easily say that this trip changed me a lot. I got an amazing experience of living in another country and speaking another language. I think 3 weeks were enough to immerse into a new environment. But the longer you stay, the better your language will be. Also this trip helped me to feel like a grown-up. Everybody was surprised when they got to know my age (due to the high level of English, and that ""very brave at 16 to go abroad alone""). But this trip cleared my mind and now I have some plans for the future, also it made me less shy (before the trip I was almost afraid of people).Now I easily communicate with new people and it's a great feeling. I am very grateful to my parents for trusting me and for making my dream come true. I'm glad I didn't disappoint them, and learned from this the maximum that I could.
Yes, a lot of words. So to all of you who have the opportunity and who loves languages, I highly recommend to go on courses in English speaking country and immerse yourself in this atmosphere.
Thank you linguatrip for all your work, for such a wonderful service and support at all stages!